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Rock the Heart

Record Amount Raised at Rock the Heart

Hundreds of Rush Copley employees and friends rocked the night away at our 9th annual Rock the Heart fundraiser on September 28 at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in downtown Aurora. This “fan favorite” fundraiser is one of the most anticipated nights of the year and features a great line-up of local bands, food and refreshments, free valet parking, raffle prizes and event t-shirts.

The event benefits the Fox Valley Heart Fund, which helps people from every racial and socio-economic background recognize their personal heart health risk and overcome the unique challenges and barriers they face to living healthier lives. This year’s Rock the Heart was the most successful yet, netting more than $50,000 thanks to the generosity of sponsors, donors and attendees!

90"s Rewind performs at Rock the Heart

90's Rewind performs at
Rock the Heart.

Donations to the Fox Valley Heart Fund help vulnerable, under-served patients achieve better heart health and quality of life through several different programs. One of them is the Outpatient Diabetes Education Program that teaches more than 140 low-income patients each year how to monitor and manage their blood sugar levels.

Another is a series of group education sessions on diet and exercise called Step by Step to Wellness. The cooking demonstrations and wellness programming are provided by VNA Health Care, and the fitness training by Rush Copley. Last year, 59% of participants in these sessions reduced their blood pressure readings over the course of their participation in the program, and 43% reduced their weight.

Additionally, the Fox Valley Heart Fund donates Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to local churches, schools or community organizations, and training is provided in their use. The use of an AED in the first few minutes after cardiac arrest can avert serious neurological damage or death. More than 20 AEDs have been awarded in the past five years to local organizations, most recently to the Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora and the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry.

The Fund also awards local nursing scholarships and supports the Heart Sisters Support Group, an empowered group of women heart disease survivors that provides a relaxed, confidential outlet for women to share thoughts and feelings with other women coping with heart related issues.

Learn more about the Fox Valley Heart Fund and see how you can support survivors and help prevent heart disease in our community.

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